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#1893664 - 05/08/12 05:49 PM My first grand finally in it's new home
OG Ryder Offline
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After the first mover told me the move was "impossible" and ditched the piano in the garage which broke my heart, I found some movers that didn't even flinch at the job. It took two main guys and one helper only 20 minutes to move and they barely broke a sweat. Sure, these guys weren't wearing any uniforms but they sure knew how to move a piano down 22 narrow natural stone stairs! Still a hair raising experience to watch!

So no Bosendorfer here folks, just a nice 1994 Weber 5'7 that I got from the original owner who was moving back up north and had to let it go. I got it for an awesome deal and have some money left over for a nice voicing and tuning. It's beautiful and I'm quite overwhelmed right now coming from a yamaha digital. Yesterday was a great day smile










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#1893674 - 05/08/12 06:00 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
Dave Horne Offline
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The piano looks great in its final location!

Oh to be young and have a great back for lifting. smile
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#1893685 - 05/08/12 06:18 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
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Using your fire place is definitely out of the question!!!!

Congrats
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#1893691 - 05/08/12 06:20 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
OG Ryder Offline
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Originally Posted By: Rod Verhnjak
Using your fire place is definitely out of the question!!!!

Congrats


Yeah, it's not a functional fireplace at the moment. It would be expensive firewood nonetheless!
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#1893704 - 05/08/12 06:48 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
Julien McCann Offline
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Registered: 05/07/12
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Loc: Quebec, Canada
Nice setup! (nice garden too) And congrats for switching to acoustic; great feeling it must be.
Have you looked into getting a cover for that beauty?..sunlight seems to be aiming straight at it and quite abundantly..
Cheers and enjoy
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#1893730 - 05/08/12 07:38 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
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Loc: Georgia, USA
Wow, congratulations!

A fine looking instrument, and a nice home!

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#1893743 - 05/08/12 08:01 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
Scott McBain Offline
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I sure hope you tipped the movers the way they tipped your piano...lots.

Nice and congratulations!
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#1893749 - 05/08/12 08:12 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
DougMorgan Offline
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Registered: 03/03/10
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Loc: Kelowna BC, Canada
Congratulations!

We also decommissioned a fireplace to upgrade from a digital to a "real" piano and would do the trade again in a second.

We went with an upright -- to go to a grand we'd have to ditch the dining room table. TV trays are cheap though......

Doug


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#1893774 - 05/08/12 08:54 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
Daniel1402 Offline
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Registered: 05/07/12
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Congratulations! Very nice piano and great movers!

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#1893804 - 05/08/12 09:53 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
Mozartscat Offline
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Registered: 04/15/12
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Congratulations! Hope the two of you are very happy!

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#1893813 - 05/08/12 10:09 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
thetandyman Offline
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Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 441
Loc: Indiana
I paid $450 about 6 weeks ago to have professional movers use a motorized piano dolly slowly creep in my 7'3" grand. They put boards down on my ceramic tiles to protect them before the piano reached the carpeted living room. Looking back on the move, I think it was worth every cent. Three guys and several hours moving it carefully with tools and a moving jack to tilt it into place. I know how you feel about your new acquisition. Every evening when I come home from work, I smile!
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#1893815 - 05/08/12 10:10 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
Greg88 Offline
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Registered: 07/25/09
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Loc: Ludlow, Kentucky
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Congratulations on that fantastic new piano. You must very proud and thrilled to have it. Thank you for the awesome pictures as well. That piano will make you so happy for the rest of your life. If you want to use the fireplace you can always buy one of the new electric inserts (they look very authentic, especially compared to the "electric logs" of days gone by) and run them without the heat or direct the heat away from the piano (I bought an electric insert for my fireplace and rarely turn the heat on, just pretty flames). Anyway, the piano looks fantastic. Thank you for sharing with us and congratulations again!
It's spectacular!
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#1893824 - 05/08/12 10:25 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
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Loc: Texas
I'm so glad you were able to find someone capable of getting that piano down the steps. It looks great...hope you're enjoying it.
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#1893830 - 05/08/12 10:55 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
cmbaj Offline
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Registered: 03/22/12
Posts: 13
Congrats, it must feel good to achiev such goal!

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#1893858 - 05/09/12 12:00 AM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
MrMagic Offline
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Registered: 05/29/05
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Congratulations! Those pictures make my back hurt tho!
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#1893877 - 05/09/12 12:43 AM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
Dave B Offline
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Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 1894
Loc: Philadelphia area
Congrats to you! And congrats to the movers!

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#1894043 - 05/09/12 09:49 AM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
lilylady Offline
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YEAH!

Last pics didn't show probably because there is a limit to how many pics for one post.

Just add another post for them!

I bet you are enjoying your new to you piano!
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#1894054 - 05/09/12 10:08 AM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
Olly Wedgwood Offline
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Beautiful! Am deeply jealous smile
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#1894087 - 05/09/12 11:04 AM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
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Registered: 12/24/09
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Congratulations from a fellow Weber owner. Enjoy.
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#1894171 - 05/09/12 01:20 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
OG Ryder Offline
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Registered: 01/31/12
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Loc: San Diego
Thank you everyone for your nice comments and support, I feel very welcome here! I can't praise these movers enough, they really knew how to negotiate a tricky job like this. And I tipped them very well for their work (and so they'll come back if I move out haha)

I have to say, it's an amazing feeling playing an instrument like this. I never knew the power, feeling, and potential a machine like this has. Hitting the right chord will literally blow you away (in a good way). Wow.

It needs a good cleaning on the board and under the strings but it's expected. Brass needs a bit of polishing and cleaning but that is always rewarding to do because I like shiny things. Unfortunately, the first failed mover managed to bend and throw off the sustain pedal mechanism. The dowel was off and L bracket was bent and pedal is now tight and squeaking. I'll get this fixed though.

I have some friends coming over tonight so they can put a good fantasie impromptu and Ballade 1 into her smile


Edited by OG Ryder (05/09/12 01:22 PM)
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#1894180 - 05/09/12 01:25 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
OG Ryder Offline
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Loc: San Diego
Honestly, I wasn't looking for an asian piano to start with. I was looking for 1930's Knabe and Chickerings because of my friend's good experiences with them. However I am a beginner and time and availability was a big factor for me. I was blown away when I played the Weber, so I went for it!
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#1894182 - 05/09/12 01:29 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
lyricmudra Offline
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I love a piano story like this that ends so well. That pathway up is SO narrow! I am sure you were quite worried. Congratulations, OG Ryder! Do post a recording when you get the chance.

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#1894320 - 05/09/12 06:00 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
master88er Offline
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Registered: 04/15/07
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Loc: San Francisco Bay Area
Congratulations!!!!

Looks like a difficult and sweat inducing move - GREAT MOVERS. Lucky you don't live in Arizona or the mover's might have had the INS to contend with whistle
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#1894371 - 05/09/12 07:43 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
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Those are some strong dudes. I hope you tipped them well.

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#1894885 - 05/10/12 04:46 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
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I can imagine the mover said it's impossible! And what are they using that wheels for, a kind of sled would seem more in place?
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#1894981 - 05/10/12 07:10 PM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
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Originally Posted By: OG Ryder


I have some friends coming over tonight so they can put a good fantasie impromptu and Ballade 1 into her smile


LOVE both of those. Wish I could be there to hear it!! Your piano looks beautiful. I hope enjoy many happy years with it smile
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#1895266 - 05/11/12 09:45 AM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
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Hey, i recognized these guys! I'm glad we were able to get the piano down their. And anyone else who needs a piano moved feel free to look at my profile.
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#1895599 - 05/12/12 03:26 AM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
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They always seem to look so beautiful, I must get one some day.

Here's an idea, custom fit a bookcase for your music in the fireplace box. Shelving/board across the top, bottom and sides (and back depending on how deep you need or want it to be) and shelves at required heights. If done well it won't look kitsch.
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#1895711 - 05/12/12 10:51 AM Re: My first grand finally in it's new home [Re: OG Ryder]
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Congratulations on your new grand piano! Looks beautiful! Nothing beats having professional piano movers do the tough work and handle your new prized piano with care. I hope you enjoy it for many years.
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